The Iroquois Eagle Dance an Offshoot of the Calumet Dance

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Author: Fenton, William Nelson (1908- )

Year: 1958

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC


vi+324pp with 23 plates and 36 figures. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6") issued in olive green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. With an analysis of the Iroquois Eagle Dance and songs by Gertrude Prokosch Kurath.Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 156. 1st edition.

William Fenton became a leading scholar of history and culture of Iroquois INdians. Raised in New Rochelle intil the age of 16, he passed summers on the family farm in western New York, state, located midway between two Seneca Indians reservations. Exposed to anthropological work, Fenton's interests where encourage by his father and grandfather, friends to Indians there, who assembled a small colleciton of Indian memorabilia which was later acquired by the Museum of the American Indian. After receiving this BA from Darthmouth in 1931, Fenton atteneded Yale for graduate study in anthropology. At the end of his first year in New Have, the Laboratory of Anthropology at Santa Fe awarded him a scholarship for training in field archaeology on the Great Plains of Nebraska and South Dakota, where he took part in his first professional ehtnological interview. Returing to his old home in New York in 1933, Fenton embarked on what would be come more than fifty years field research on the Allegany, Cornplatner, cattaraugus and Tonawanda Seneca Reservations and the Six Nations Reserve in Candada. From 1935 until he recieved his doctorate in 1937, Fenton also served as a community worker for the United States Indian Service, working principally on the Tonawanda Reservation.


Previous owner's name on front paste down and end paper. A better than very good copy issued without jacket.

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